Women’s Soccer Takes Sole Possession of Fourth Place in MIAA With 3-0 Win Over Trine
Saturday, October 08, 2011
(By sports information student assistant Mark DeHaan/photo by Paul Evans)
On yet another picture perfect day for playing soccer, Calvin’s women’s soccer team looked to build off their 4-1 win over Kalamazoo as it hosted Trine University. The Thunder came into the contest with a 1-6 record, compared to Calvin’s 5-3 MIAA mark.
Despite the Knights’ obvious record advantage, Trine did not play like a 1-6 team as it played Calvin even early on. In the 12th minute of play, the Knights were able to create their first strong opportunity of the game as junior Francesca Smith put a shot just wide off of sophomore Brittany Hieftje’s cross. In the 33rd minute, sophomore Paige Rindels had a great opportunity for the Knights as she was able to touch the ball past the keeper and then put the ball on net. Unfortunately for Rindels, a Thunder defender was able to step in front of the shot and prevent the goal.
Five minutes later, freshmen Sam Osterhaven was able to create an opportunity for herself that would result in a shot off the post.
Despite all of Calvin’s first half opportunities, the game headed into halftime tied 0-0. But, just as they have all season, the Knights were able to come out in the second half and capitalize on their many opportunities. Under two minutes into the second half, sophomore Danielle Carter was able to chip the ball over the Thunder keeper and into the back of the net to give Calvin the 1-0 lead.
In the 60th minute, Paige Rindels added a goal of her own off a Danielle Carter pass as she took a shot from the top of the box that slipped into the top of the net for the 2-0 lead. Three minutes later, junior Liz Cancel added a third goal for the Knights on a shot from the left side of the box that rocketed right past the Trine keeper. The goal was the eighth on the season for Cancel.
Calvin would hold the three-goal advantage for the rest of the game, shutting out Trine to earn the win.
In net for the Knights was Ashton Hearn who recorded two saves. The win brings Calvin’s record to 6-3 in the MIAA and 6-7 overall.
With seven MIAA contests remaining, Calvin trails Alma, Adrian, and Hope in the standings.
“As a team you can only take one game at a time. We’re still in the hunt with seven games left,” said head coach Mark Recker. “If you take care of your own business, the league will shape out.”
Calvin now looks forward to next Wednesday when it travels to Alma for a 4:00 p.m. contest.